The state of Karnataka has always taken the lead in promoting organic food and natural farming. Particularly, the state has focused on promoting organic agricultural techniques in horticulture. Due to drought conditions in the state over the last few years, there has been a major focus on promoting arid agriculture by using millets.
Celebrating Karnataka as the source of millets and organics, Karnataka Government’s Department of Agriculture of Karnataka organizes ‘Organics & Millets Mela and International Trade Fair’ every year during winter. This national-level event aims to address all aspects of the value chain in organic food and millet segments, right from farm to shelf.
With lesser inputs required, millets are good for the planet, the farmer and for consumers’ health. The organic agriculture sector in the State is gaining momentum with markets experiencing double-digit growth year-on-year. Millets and organic foods are fast emerging as the Next-Gen Smart Foods, being highly nutritious, farmer-friendly and ecologically sound.
This year the Organics & Millets Mela is being held as a three-day event at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru from 18 to 20 January 2019 that hosts a large exhibition, farmers workshop, conferences, consumer-connect meetings, etc. Here is a diverse list compilation of various organic food and millet-based companies exhibited at the Organics & Millets Mela:
Brands exhibited at Organics & Millets Mela
Native Food Store
South India being well known for its agricultural and farming activities across the nation, from the most typical of such places brings you the number one source for all Millets and Millet based products at one stop. Native Food Store has come a long way from Tamil Nadu which was founded in 2016 by Visnukumar Traders. Their objective was to serve the best quality and healthy native food products at a competitive and reasonable price range.
With a motive to switch back to the traditional way of living with nature they have been successfully serving customers all over Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa, Goa, Delhi and almost the west of India. Native food store provides with a wide range of products from Rice mix, Raw & boiled Millet, millet Noodles, Millet Dosa along with a variety of instant mixes and cold pressed oil. For ease of availability, they also provide you with a free online shopping experience.
The Green Path
The Greenpath of Karnataka is a movement that paved towards a sustainable way of living founded by H R Jayaram who is an Organic farmer by heart and choice. The main aim was to adopt an Eco-friendly lifestyle through organic farming and good food in order to inspire more people to incorporate it.
They are a web of several sustainable initiatives such as Organic farms, Eco-stays, stores and workshops which are situated in Bengaluru, Coorg and Nelamangala. Experiencing traditional cuisines all made from a variety of small grains and millets, enriching health and living with nature. Their Sukrishi farm in Nelamangala is spread across 40 acres amidst the lush greenery and landscapes which has both flora and fauna in their habitat. From spacious Eco accommodation to retreat centers are some of the green initiatives to preserve the mother Earth as well as mankind.
Big Basket Organics
Big Basket is India’s largest online food and grocery store, which is a one-stop destination where one will find everything they’re looking for. It helps you discover new products and shop for all grocery needs at your own comfort. They aim for green lifestyle bringing down the Carbon emissions generated by traditional supply chain, also minimizing the use of plastic bags and paper whilst delivering rather use crates for vegetables and fruits which can be reused later.
Big Basket Organics offer you a wide range of over 18,000 products right from fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Rice and Dals, Spices and Seasonings to Packaged products, Beverages, Personal care products, meat etc. Currently, they serve tier I and II cities in India such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Delhi, Noida, Mysore, Coimbatore, Vijayawada-Guntur, Kolkata, Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar, Lucknow-Kanpur, Gurgaon, Vadodara, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Nagpur, Patna, Indore.
Sahaja Samrudha Organic Producer Company Ltd (Sahaja Organics) was formed in 2010. The main aim of this store is to protect the environment and provide wholesome food. With the object of meeting the urban market and marking its brand has rooted itself as the largest wholesaler of Organic produce across Karnataka. The company was initially incorporated with 10 farmers who have been constantly dedicating in promoting organic products to rural and urban areas.
The store has fresh, healthy and nutritious products from fruits, vegetable, oils and various other groceries ranging from foxtail millet, red rice etc. Sahaja Organics does bulk selling across Bengaluru, Chennai, Kerala, Hyderabad that has helped develop viable business, also providing doorstep delivery to selected areas in Bengaluru.
Honeywell Smart Agriculture
Known for its unique innovations all over the world, Honeywell has over 50,000 products that address any industry’s requirements and needs with the most critical challenges. Their products range from sensors, switches, controls & monitors and decoding software etc. They are large suppliers for industries like Medical, Aerospace & Defence and Transportation.
Now Honeywell has taken a step forward in making the world a safer, more secure, energy efficient and productive. They now design products that help conserve energy, reduce waste and protect the Earth integrating health, safety and environment into all aspects of business to achieve profitable growth and accelerated productivity.
Blue Orange Honey
Blue Orange brand from Haryana is inspired by Mother Earth, a group of entrepreneurs who work with a vision to provide fresh and healthy organic food. The main objective is to provide food which is cohesive with nature and our spiritual well being. All the products are produced and processed as per the standards laid down and administered in India by APEDA. Ranging from cereals, pulses, spices and honey their products are rich in flavour, aroma, nutrition which promotes health and true wellness. Further, they do not contain any artificial colors, preservatives, pesticides and chemicals but are truly eco-friendly.
National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship & Management (NIFTEM) is an autonomous institution under the Government of India’s Ministry of Food Processing Industries. The institute is spread over an area of 100 acres in Sonepat, Haryana and intends to act as an apex center for global standards in the area of food technology and management.
It aims to be a world-class education center to address the needs of entrepreneurs, industries, exporters and existing institutions to develop strong linkages. They bring out the true potential of every student to produce business leaders, develop globally competitive processes and technologies in the area of food technology and management, also enhancing the skills of trainers and be updated on global trends in food research/standards and technology by consultation with stakeholders. Some of the main departments are Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Food Science & Technology and Food Business Management & E.D
Bengaluru’s Organa Juice in a 100% natural and refreshing organic juices that comes directly from nature without any additional preservatives or synthetic process. They preferably use only natural pesticides and fertilizers made from a variety of raw materials found in nature. They aim to produce high quality, nutritious food that takes preventive measures in health care and well being.
They improve taste, flavor and shell life of organic products also supporting sustainable farming. Organa recipes are produced after a lot of research and test marketing which are fruit beverages, Chai seeds which were a staple food of Mexican Civilization, Organic fruit bars and Organic Mango Pulp.